The national cricketers are going to enjoy a week’s break after the completion of Dhaka Premier League (DPL). And when they get back to business, they will have to shift gears for T20 cricket as head coach Shane Jurgensen feels this format needs more attention.
Recently Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan Papon, after a board meeting, informed that they were going to arrange a four-team T20 domestic tournament to help the team prepare for next year’s ICC Twenty20 World Cup at home. But the cricket operations committee ultimately endorsed Jurgensen’s plans.
The Australian has favoured a competition between the national team and A team. He proposed three matches on December 10, 12 and 14 as he wanted a quality competition. But the current political turmoil and the plan of starting the National Cricket League in the last week of this month have forced the BCB to hold back the initial plan.
“Yes, we are now planning to arrange three T20 matches between two teams,” confirmed Akram Khan, new chairman of the cricket operations committee.
Bangladesh fared as a very competitive team in the 50-overs format; they are making steady progress in the five-day game, but they are yet to know the craft of the shortest version of the game and that is why Jurgensen wants to take the opportunity to tune his boys for this format in the off time.
“At the moment we are just waiting to finalise specific details but we are also looking to do some work on our T20 game, some of the guys are playing in the Chittagong T20 tournament, we sort of felt that there is an opportunity for the national team to practise T20 cricket,” the coach told The Daily Star Sport yesterday when asked about what was the team’s next plan of action after the DPL.
“We will get to the deep of T20 cricket after we play some matches. We just feel we need to do a little bit of work in this area and with a fully fit group of players to be selected for. It will be an intense sort of battle, that’s what we are after. The team balance and structure that we want for the T20 team,” he added.
He said he has another important area which is to work with the pace bowlers with a long-term plan.
“The other thing that we are looking to do is pick upto 15 fast bowlers. These fast bowlers will be monitored quite intensely. It’s all for the preparation of the coming series in the next year. We want this group of fast bowlers to be ready at any stage,” said Jurgensen.
“The players will get selected over the next week or so and then will probably start practising from the 8th or the 14th December and it will go on till April 6. Some players will not be focussing apart from Test cricket. We need to make sure that all our back up options is ready,” he continued.
He was excited with the extension of Mushfiqur Rahim’s tenure as the national skipper till the World Cup in 2015.
The Daily Star